IOK Civil Society, Politicians Join Efforts to Protect Article 35-A

Srinagar, July 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, speakers at a seminar in Srinagar discussed ways and means for protecting Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that protects the rights of the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, the seminar was organised by Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) and other civil society groups at a local hotel in Srinagar. Prominent political experts and politicians discussed ways and means to protect on political and legal fronts of the Article 35-A of the Constitution. The participants also held a sit-in to register their protest against the attempts by the extremist Hindu organizations to get the Article repealed. The Indian Supreme Court is hearing on August 6, 2018, a petition seeking abrogation of Article 35-A. Noted academician and KCSDS Chairperson, Prof Hameeda Nayeem, in her address said that the Kashmiri people would foil all attempts to annul Article 35-A. “We will face bullets but will not allow them to abrogate it (Article 35-A),” she added. Former vice-chancellor of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Prof Siddiq Wahid, said Article 35A is the issue of existence for the people of Kashmir. Civil society member, Shakeel Qalandar, said that there had to be a unanimous stance among the political parties over the issue and they should do whatever is possible to protect Article 35-A. Senior Congress leader, Prof Saifuddin Soz, said that there was a need to sensitise the people of India about dangers of annulling Article 35-A. “Why we should not meet PM, Home Minister and different shades of political opinion in New Delhi to make them understand that there will be revolt in Jammu and Kashmir if Article 35-A is annulled?,” he said. Senior PDP leader, Nizamuddin Butt, called for countering the narrative being crafted at the high level against Article 35-A. “The narrative at high level is dangerous. We have to face this narrative and generate public opinion in our favour,” he said. The leader of Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) Muhammad Yosouf Tarigami, lashed out at the Indian government for not defending the constitutional provision. He said that the Indian government’s silence over Article 35-A had created apprehensions among the people of occupied Kashmir. The Chairman of Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), Ghulam Hassan Mir, called for unified efforts to defend the Article 35-A. Awami National Conference leader, Muzaffar Shah, said that there was a continuous onslaught on Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. “We have to foil the nefarious designs of the elements who are hell-bent upon destroying J&K’s special position,” he added. Prominent among those attended the seminar included Engineer Abdur Rasheed, G R Sufi, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Jehangir Iqbal Ganai, Prof Gul Wani, Prof Noor Baba, Gowhar Gilani and Dr Mubeen Shah. Meanwhile, Governor of occupied Kashmir, N N Vohra, according to media reports, sensing a growing unease in the territory about dangers of annulment of Article 35-A, has requested India to have the hearing of the case deferred until an elected government is in place in Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
IOK Civil Society, Politicians Join Efforts to Protect Article 35-A

Indian Troops Launch CASO in Batamaloo Area of Srinagar

Srinagar, July 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.
According to media sources, Indian troops and paramilitary and police personnel cordoned off Balgarden area in Batamaloo, today, and started house-to-house searches, causing huge inconvenience to the people. Locals told media that large contingents of Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police cordoned off the area and started searches, triggering panic among people. Witnesses said that the forces’ personnel started cordon and search operation by checking vehicles and frisking pedestrians. KASHMIR VOICE
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Waza Condemns Indian Forces’ Brutalities in IOK

Srinagar, July 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, has condemned the brutalities of Indian forces including killing of youth and desecration of graves of martyrs.
According to media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who is illegally detained in a police station in Islamabad town, in a statement termed the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir worrisome and said that the Kashmiris were facing horrendous situations like detentions, desecration of religious places and unabated killings. He said that the people of Kashmir would never succumb to Indian pressure and the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris would not go waste. He also urged India to give up its policy of vengeance and immediately release all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists, repeal draconian law Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and start withdrawal of its troops from occupied Kashmir to pave way for settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE
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IOK Civil Society Calls For Shutdown on August 6

Srinagar, July 28 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee has called for complete shutdown on 6th August, 2018, to protest against the judicial and legislative onslaught on Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
According to media sources, addressing media persons at a local hotel in Srinagar, Deputy Grand Mufti of occupied Kashmir, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, and Awami National Conference President, Muzafar Shah, said that it was collective responsibility of people of Jammu and Kashmir to protect Article 370 and Article 35-A. They said that the Kashmiri people had to protect the Article 35-A from judicial and legislative onslaught. The civil society members said it is a litmus test of “our national unity and resilience and we must join hands to protect the state subject laws and resist the judicial onslaught”. They added that the Kashmiris will not allow Kashmir to become another Palestine and render the local population homeless. “We call upon the public to observe a general strike on 6th of August as a mark of protest against the judicial and legislative onslaught on Article 35-A and Article 370,” they added. The Indian Supreme Court will hear on August 6, the petitions challenging the Article 35-A, which defines the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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Imran Khan’s Statement on Kashmir Welcomed in IOK

Srinagar, July 27 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have welcomed the statement of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan that Kashmir is core issue between India and Pakistan and the two countries should resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a tweet said, “We welcome the statement of PTI chief, Imran Khan calling for resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue in view of huge human cost of this long standing dispute especially being borne by the people of Kashmir. Hope the two neighbors give real peace a chance.” Senior APHC leader and the President of Anjuman Shari Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a gathering in Budgam appreciated the remarks of Imran Khan. He, however, lamented that a section of Indian media was trying to create animosity between India and Pakistan. The Chairman of Islamic Political Party, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, addressing people at Hyderpora in Srinagar hailed the dialogue offer of Imran Khan to India for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and said the move signifies the urge for honourable and lasting solution of the dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations through meaningful and result-oriented dialogue. Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmed Mir, addressing a gathering in Srinagar while welcoming the statement of the PTI Chairman said that dialogue between India and Pakistan was inevitable for resolution of outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt, in a statement in Srinagar appreciating the remarks of Imran Khan said, “We expect he will focus on Kashmir and take bold steps to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace in the region.” He said, “It is time to resume dialogue process between Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri leadership in the greater interest of people of the region.” Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami in a statement welcoming the assertion of Imran Khan hoped that the next government in Pakistan would also continue the country’s support to the Kashmir cause. Meanwhile, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Maulana Abbas Ansari, in a statement in Srinagar congratulated all those elected in the general elections of Pakistan especially the PTI Chairman Imran Khan. He said that Pakistan had always supported the people of Kashmir in their struggle for securing their right to self-determination and expressed the hope that this support would continue on moral, political and diplomatic grounds. KASHMIR VOICE
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Gilani Urges UK to Play Role in Kashmir Settlement

Srinagar, July 27 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has urged Britain to play an effective role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The UK should play a key role and share responsibility for amicable resolution of vexed Kashmir issue.” He referred to the UN human Rights report on Kashmir presented by Lord Qurban Hussain, Lord Nazir Ahmed and Lord Tariq Ahmed in the UK Parliament. “We hope all members of United Nations will listen to screams and take notice of atrocities perpetrated by Indian authorities on the people of Jammu and Kashmir and will make efforts to see aspiration of subjugated people accomplished,” he said. The APHC Chairman hailed the UK regime for their keen interest in the issue and termed it as encouraging. He maintained that the Britain had a great role to play in creating a conducive atmosphere for peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute. He also appreciated the efforts of Lord Qurban Hussain, Lord Nazir Ahmed and Lord Tariq Ahmed to highlight the Kashmir dispute in the UK Parliament. KASHMIR VOICE
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